Fixes for a Bad Day

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I wrote this because I was having  bad day.*

Maybe you sleep through your alarm.  Maybe you turn on the shower and there’s no hot water… for the second time this week.  Maybe your work phone is already buzzing and the emails from your boss do not seem pleasant.  Maybe once you make it out the door, it’s raining and you’ve left your umbrella upstairs.  Maybe the train is late.  Maybe it’s all of these things, a combination of a few plus a couple others, but you’re having a bad day.

Wait.  Slow down.  A few bad moments do not a bad day make.  Here are some things you can do to turn your mood around when you think you’re having a bad day.

Relax. | Sometimes all you can do is take a breath.  If you’re out and about, take a moment to center yourself and calm down.  If you’re home, make a cup of tea.  Do a pamper activity like a face mask or painting your nails– for me, even just washing my face can bring about a renewed calm.

Take A Walk. | If you are at work and that’s what’s frustrating you, step away.  Take a lap around the block.  When my internet’s out at home and that’s the icing on the cake, I take a walk.  I take in the sights, maybe take some photos.  It helps clear your head!

Treat Yourself. | This could be that ridiculous $5 Frappuccino at Starbucks, or making yourself a fresh batch of cookies.  I find treating myself to my favorite foods a great way to take the edge off of a bad day.  I don’t suggest you eat a pint of ice cream, but I think you earned a little treat.

Reward Yourself. | Maybe Starbucks was already your splurge for the day, but I believe in retail therapy.  Go ahead; buy the lipstick you’ve been eyeing.  Has something been in your Amazon cart forever?  It’s time to check out!

Hit the Gym. | I never want to go to the gym, but I never regret going.  Take a run outside or on the treadmill.  Hit up yoga or your favorite class– Body Pump is great for making me feel like I can do anything!

Get Things Done. | This might sound crazy, but I clean when I’m stressed.  When my home is a mess, my mind is a mess and I find checking little things off the list– laundry, dishes, vacuuming– helps me feel better.

Immerse Yourself. | Escape into a great book or TV show to get away from whatever is bothering you.  Certain shows always make me smile, like Friends or The Office.  I find Youtube videos to be a great way to get out of your head– vlogs show someone else’s life and can be a distraction from your own.  Of course, I love to play a video game to get into an immersive adventure!

Create. | Painting, drawing, or any kind of craft can be a great, therapeutic way to relax.  Those fancy adult coloring books are meant to do just that, aren’t they?  Write!*  Getting yourself into a little creative project shifts the focus from the negative.

Laugh. | Laughter is truly the best medicine.  Once you’re smiling, you’ll find it hard to be upset.  I mentioned watching Friends or The Office above– I pick those because I can’t help but laugh.  Maybe there’s a website that always cracks you up– bookmark these for bad days.  Chat with a friend who can always cheer you up.

What do you do when you’re having a bad day?

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